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Continued: Larson Boat debuts a pontoon with style

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 25, 2014 - 4:37 PM

Peifer describes the Escape as new and different. Its tapered tube design means less drag, higher speeds and better fuel economy. “It comes out of the hole like a rabbit,” said Peifer. “It can take hard turns at full throttle. It’s very stable and comfortable.”

Although the Escape is too new for extensive, independent testing, Pontoon & Deck Boat magazine tested a prototype last year, comparing the Escape with four unnamed competitors. The average tested speed of the other boats was 24.1 miles per hour, but the Escape topped out at 30 mph.

“That’s a serious gain in top speed and the added efficiency will save money at the fuel dock,” the magazine said in its Fall 2013 issue. “Proving to be an efficient pontoon using minimal horsepower could be this ‘toon’s’ best quality.”

Boomerang Marine has one Escape on the showroom floor with two more on the way, Peifer said. He’s sold two so far. Built in Minnesota, the Escape starts in the low $30s. It is available in 21-, 23- and 25-foot lengths with up to 150 horsepower. Larson designs, builds and markets 58 models of boats in its three brands: Larson, Triumph and Striper. The two Escapes featured at the Minneapolis Boat Show will be a 25-footer with twin tubes ($64,685) and a 23-footer with triple tubes for $58,995.

It’s becoming the boat that customers make a beeline toward when they enter showrooms, Peifer said. “We’re finally giving customers a reason to trade up. This is a lot more than round tubes with a fence around it and some seating on top.”

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633

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